Creative Carte Blanche: Triple Trouble!


Greetings, you guys! Today, it’s my turn to share a project at the Creative Carte Blanche adventure blog, and our subject for March– conceived by the wonderful Candy Colwell– is “Triple Trouble– Lace, Metal, and Corrugated Cardboard.” Three things that you’d probably not think to use together (at least, I wouldn’t have), and let me tell you, this is such a fun way to stretch the old creative muscles.

I’ve been wanting some new wall art for spring, so I took this opportunity to put together a funky little positive affirmation piece. Dare to take that big leap, friends– pigs CAN fly! 😉

Here’s the lowdown:

CCBApril16.1Cut a rectangle of white mixed media paper (this one is 4 x 6″) and a piece of corrugated cardboard the same width. Use sharp scissors to chip out pieces of the cardboard to resemble a city skyline, and scrape off most of the top paper to reveal the ridges beneath.

CCBApril16.02Lay a piece of lace over the background paper and spritz it gently with Tumbled Glass Distress Spray.

CCBApril16.03Remove the lace and dry the cardstock with a heat tool.

CCBApril16.04Give your little skyline texture by spraying it with Testors CreateFX Texture Paint in Gravel Gray. Allow it to dry completely.

CCBApril16.05Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard about an inch larger in both width and height than your background cardstock. Scrape off portions of the smooth paper on top.

CCBApril16.06Coat the edges of the cardboard with the Testors Gravel Gray spray. Set aside to dry completely.

CCBApril16.08Draw little windows and doors with a black permanent marker.

CCBApril16.07Use Folk Art Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Real Brown and a stiff brush to darken the edges of the cardboard.

CCBApril16.09Edge the lacy background with a Hickory Smoke Distress Marker.

CCBApril16.10Sketch a flying pig (or whatever you wish!) on mixed media paper, and use a permanent black pen to create a thick line around your sketch.

CCBApril16.11Color your sketch with Distress Crayons, and use a paper stub and/or your finger to smudge the colors together.

CCBApril16.12Give your colored sketch a quick spray of Krylon Workable Fixatif to keep it from smudging.

CCBApril16.13Use Matte Mod Podge to attach the lacy background to the corrugated cardboard, and the little skyline to the background. Allow to dry (it won’t take long!).

CCBApril16.14Coat two Idea-ology metal wings with  Delta Sparkle Glaze; set aside to dry.

CCBApril16.15Use an alphabet stencil (this one’s from Dyan Reaveley) and a black permanent marker to add a word or phrase to the background.

CCBApril16.17Attach one wing to the background using Ranger Glossy Accents, then use foam adhesive to attach the flying pig. Place the second wing on top and attach it with foam adhesive.

CCBApril16.19Go chase your dreams, little one!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and please do be sure to visit the Creative Carte Blanche blog, and if you haven’t already, join the fun!